The future of work is changing right before our very eyes, with much of it too subtle to notice.
You’re probably already using some form of futuristic productivity that wasn’t imaginable just a decade ago. That project management app you use to keep track of your team’s progress. The app that prioritizes and summarizes your emails to save you time. The voice-based app that helps you stay up-to-date with work while you’re driving, and more productivity solutions.
Those are just some examples of the things we’re already using today, but feel so intrinsic that it doesn’t feel like we’re in the middle of change. But the future of work is just getting started.
Apps, as well as chatbots, cloud services, messenger services, and artificial intelligence (AI) based software are some of the many tools that help us improve our productivity, collaboration, and organization. When enterprises learn to take advantage of these tools, the entire workforce’s productivity levels skyrocket.
What will the future of productivity look like?
Almost everything seems to have a ‘smart’ version these days. From jewelry to watches, they’re in every part of our lifestyle. But few people are aware of the most exciting change of all: the smart building. Smart buildings are made with network management systems that allow you to control everything using Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning capabilities. Finding out which floors receive the most foot traffic, controlling cooling and heating systems, safety detection services for warehouses and factories, and facial recognition can be done almost immediately thanks to this technology, which then helps propel everyone on the team to work more efficiently and much safer.
AI Virtual Assistants
Artificial intelligence is just in its infancy stages, and so is its impact on the workplace and productivity. The potential for AI-powered virtual assistants in business is endless that it’s actually shocking it hasn’t caught on earlier. In the future, we’ll be more capable and confident in delegating and automating menial tasks to these futuristic assistants, which take up too much of our time and hinder us from reaching our true potential at work. Imagine using a voice-powered virtual assistant to help you locate data or documents when you need it most, stock up on inventory, manage calendar activities, and more. Imagine how much more efficient everyone in your business will be.
Flexible Work and Remote Teams
There is an increasingly popular trend of businesses that are opting for providing flexible and remote work to their employees. While many companies are still working on their remote work policy, the business need for a remote workforce is clear. However, it’s attributed to the growth of instant communication tools that make managing your team from a distance, or a different country, so much smoother than ever. Virtual conferencing and chat platforms are some examples of these communication tools that improve efficiency despite a remote team. Enterprises that fail to offer these options or a similar alternative may risk losing talent to competition.
Enterprises need to move with caution, because along with all the great changes that we can see with the future of work, there is the risk of being overworked.
Tons of productivity apps infiltrating the market and seemingly endless ways to stay in touch with your team can lead to a dangerous point of ‘busyness’. Managers will need to keep in mind that they need to make the future of productivity work for them by establishing clear boundaries, such as never setting meetings in the evening or in the weekend.
It is also the manager’s job to cultivate that discipline among their employees to create a healthy balance between productivity and work-life balance. At the end of the day, everyone in business needs to carefully think about what the future of productivity means to the success or survival of your company and your industry, no matter which part of the corporate ladder you’re in. Understanding how it works and learning how it can change will allow you to be as prepared as possible while adapting to changes slowly.